APM Kids Podcast Smash Boom Best — A Brains On! Spinoff— Returns For Season Two With Epic Debate Battles

Dragons vs. Unicorns, Chocolate vs. Cheese included in this season’s debate lineup

ST. PAUL, Minn., May 28, 2019 —Smash Boom Best is back in action this summer. A spinoff from American Public Media’s Brains On! – an award-winning science podcast for kids  – Smash Boom Best is a fast-paced, debate show for kids and families. Hosted by Molly Bloom, the second season of Smash Boom Best launches June 6 and will include even more debates with some special topics chosen by the fans.

Listen to the trailer here.

In each episode, a kid co-host will judge an epic battle between two adult debaters. 

“I do not envy our judges having to decide the outcomes of these tough debates,” said Bloom. “Dragons or unicorns? Invisibility or flying? Chocolate or cheese? These are serious matchups.”

Using facts and passion to make their cases, debaters will teach listeners to defend their opinions and expose them to a diversity of topics along the way.

This season’s stellar roster of debaters includes Story Pirates co-founder Lee Overtree, host of Gimlet’s Science Vs Wendy Zukerman, and Francis Lam,  host of The Splendid Table.

“We really put our debaters to the test,” said Bloom. “Not only do they have to put together factual and entertaining arguments to sway our judge, but they also have to do some on-the-fly persuading in our sneak attack round!”

Smash Boom Best is created by the award-winning team behind APM’s Brains On!: host Bloom and producers Sanden Totten and Marc Sanchez. The program is supported in part by The National Science Foundation.

Listeners can find the new season of Smash Boom Best on Apple Podcasts and other podcast platforms. Connect with the show on Facebook and by going to smashboombest.org.


About American Public Media

American Public Media® is the national programming division of Minnesota Public Radio® and reaches more than 19 million listeners via approximately 1,000 radio stations nationwide each week. APM is one of the largest producers and distributors of public radio programming in the world, with a portfolio that includes BBC World Service, Marketplace®, and the leading classical music programs in the nation. APM offers a diverse array of podcasts featuring the best in food, culture, entertainment, business and investigative journalism. For more information on APM, visit americanpublicmedia.org. Source: Data are copyright Nielsen Audio, Nationwide DMA data, Persons 12+, Fall ‘18. Data are estimates only.